|Former St. Cloud State standout Ben Hanowski makes his first trip to Xcel Energy Center in his third-career NHL game. He scored vs. Minnesota in his first-career NHL game on April 15.||Fan Celebration Week – Jerseys Off Our Backs
Post-Game Slap Shot presented by Crystal Farms
The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
|RW Jason Pominville, acquired from Buffalo (3/4), has four, two-point games in eight contests with Minnesota (all in the last seven games), including seven points (3-4=7) in a four-game point streak. He has 34 points (14-20=34) in 45 combined games this season.
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|If the lineup stays consistent from Thursday:
Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Clutterbuck – Mitchell – Granlund
D-pairs are likely to remain the same as well:
Brodin – Suter
Clark – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner
Niklas Backstrom was pulled from the game after allowing five goals Thursday in San Jose. In his career, in the start after being pulled, Backstrom is 21-2-4 with a 1.81 GAA, a .935 SV% and four shutouts.
|The urgency level should be very high for sure, but having said that we should approach these games with a level of confidence
- Yeo looking ahead after practice on Saturday
|Defensemen Justin Falk and Nate Prosser are tonight's likely healthy scratches.
Mike Rupp is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury and is out for tonight's game. Zenon Konopka is still hurt with a lower-body injury and also out for tonight's game. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve and was assigned to Houston for conditioning.
|RW Tim Jackman played at Park Center High School and spent two seasons at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2000-02). RW Ben Hanowski is a Little Falls native and played at St. Cloud State University (2009-13).||Each of the last three meetings at Xcel Energy Center has been decided by one goal.|
|Wild vs Flames will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time of 5:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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